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blueBlack Dunes Overlook Trail

Trail

0.5 mile 0.8 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 242' 74 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 8,653' 2,638 m
Low: 8,411' 2,564 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)

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Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

A short, steep climb to a rewarding view.

Kristen Arendt

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Description

The Dunes Overlook Trail is a short spur trail accessed from the Sand Ramp Trail. The trail climbs about 450 ft. in a little over a half a mile, switchbacking through pinon pine and juniper trees until ending at a small clearing where you can turn around and see the first ridge of dunes. From this elevation, you begin to get a sense of how vast the dune field truly is as you can see that the first row of towering dunes is actually just the beginning of a vast mountain range of sand.

This trail is great on windy days as it is more sheltered from the wind, and you can enjoy the views of the sand dunes without getting actively exfoliated by them.

Flora & Fauna

Pinon pine, rocky mountain juniper, yucca, and prickly pear cactus.

Elk, deer, rabbits, squirrels, and chipmunks. You will see or hear many birds such as pine siskins, juncos, bluebirds, robins, grosbeaks, magpies, ravens, hawks, and woodpeckers.

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Jun 15, 2019
Sana M
Sep 12, 2018
Kyle Thiem
Sep 1, 2018
Abigail Elsmo-Siebert
May 28, 2018
Theresa McCoy
May 5, 2018
Madi Wailes
Feb 25, 2018
Adriane Weast
Oct 2, 2017
Lindsey Hafitz
Aug 26, 2017
Amy Nguyen
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